These two papers analyze extreme upward air currents, called “convective bursts,” in hurricanes that have been believed to be important for hurricane intensification. We use the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to look at convective bursts in two hurricanes: Hurricane Dean from 2007 and Hurricane Bill from 2009. In the first paper, we study […]
Starting in 2010, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have used the Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft that can fly at 65,000 feet for 24 hours at a time, to make observations in tropical cyclones. The Global Hawk can release dropsondes that measure temperature, humidity, pressure, and wind […]
The blog post discusses the recent article by Aberson et al. published in Monthly Weather Review. You can read the blog at http://blog.ametsoc.org/uncategorized/monster-felix-slammed-hurricane-hunter-plane-in-2007/.
The paper can be accessed at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00382-017-3537-9.
Many people have experienced the heavy rain and warm, moist air when hurricanes reach land. But several miles above the ground, where the air is very cold, hurricane clouds are made up of snowflakes and tiny ice particles called ice crystals. The computers that scientists use to forecast where hurricanes will go and how strong […]
You can read the blog post at https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/harrowing-ride-hurricane-felix-2007-hrd.
The technique to process data from the Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR), which observes surface wind speeds and rain rates within tropical cyclones, was upgraded prior to the 2015 hurricane season on all NOAA and Air Force Reserve Command hurricane reconnaissance aircraft. The processing method improves the observations across all wind speeds and rain rates. Brad […]
“Easterly waves” are areas of low air pressure in the tropics that move westward and may become tropical cyclones. The most well-known type of easterly wave is the “African easterly wave,” which moves from West Africa north of the equator into the Atlantic Ocean and sometimes into the Pacific. Although almost all Northeast Pacific tropical […]
The book, co-edited by HRD scientist Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan, is based on a series of lectures by scientists from the US, India and Australia, at a workshop held in Bhubaneswar, India on 9-14 July 2012. It provides information on recent advances in tropical cyclone (hurricane and typhoon) observations, data assimilation (the process of getting these observations […]